When I was coming up with the name of the exhibition 'Slice of History', I remembered there was another work of art with the name 'Slice of... In fact, I'd met the artist! In May 2006,I reenacted my first solo transatlantic race (the OSTAR 2005, Plymouth UK > Newport RI) as art installation called 'Absolute Solitude.' I lived on my [...]
A SLICE OF MY NEW BOAT! Click HERE to find out more.
After appearing on the Theo Von show ‘This Past Weekend’ in August (link here), I got a call from a Hollywood casting director. Yeah, right - that's what I thought too. This person hit me up on every platform (blog contact, insta, twit, effbook) and so I decided to give her a call as requested. She wanted me as a [...]
Click for Part 1. The situation was worse than I thought. The retrieval line for the sea anchor must have got trapped under the parachute of the sea anchor. Hand over hand, I began to haul in the deployment line. The line must have dragged along the sea bed as long centipede creatures (sea lice?) fell off the line and dropped [...]
Click for Part 1. Full of hope, I hauled in the sea anchor on Tuesday 16th October and set off for the Farallons at 6AM. It was still dark, but the black was starting to mute into lighter shades of grey. Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Peninsula were etched onto the horizon as San Francisco woke up with the sun. [...]
Conversation with Rick Leach, shore crew. I called my parents. “We had better get off the phone,” my father said. “You must have a lot to do.” My boat prepped, my food packed, on my way to the dock I stopped by the convenience store. I thumbed through to [...]
Tonight at 5PM, I will row 7 miles across the bay from Richmond to Horseshoe Cove. I will spend the night on anchor. 7AM tomorrow, I will row out the Gate. Bound for where? The Farallon Islands. This will be attempt #3 to round the Farallons, to set a new record I have fondly come to refer to as The F-Record. [...]
Two and a half months of meetings, hoop jumping, lots of yeses, lots of excitement, a car bought, an apartment rented for me and then an overnight flip turn on the decision to title sponsor. More on this in my next blog. The upshot is that building a new boat design for a 2019 departure is no longer a reality. [...]
I am hugely grateful to Danielle Sellwood of Find It Film and Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports (UK equivalent of REI) for the making of this 5-minute film - the fifth and final episode of the Ellis Brigham series: #EngageYourSenses - Women’s Stories of Adventure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCnWPhut7cM&amp;t=12s
Submission does not guarantee selection: Sheextreme Festival Oct 2018. Bristol UK The world's first film festival dedicated to celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure. Kendal Mountain Festival Nov 2018. Lake District UK Kendal Mountain Festival is one of the world's premier mountain film festivals with a vision to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness [...]
My new boat design by naval architect Jim Antrim has been finalised! Naval architects are understandably protective of their designs, but Jim has kindly agreed to let me share the design - and his thinking - with my Patreons! To access this page Patreon.com/posts/20529983 Sign up for $1 per month or more - today!
Google search Point Conception and the pages almost all have the tag line, Point Conception: the Cape Horn of the Pacific. Point Conception is to sailors on the West Coast, what Cape Hatteras is to sailors on the East Coast US and rightly so. The point is a collision zone, where land juts into the sea and one weather system [...]
In Santa Barbara I told myself that by the time I finished untangling my hair, I would have mentally recovered. I finished untangling my hair by the time I left Redondo Beach, but I have still not mentally recovered. There is something about what happened on the night of Thursday 5th July that I have yet to fully process. [...]
My boat is now packed with 10 days worth of food, plus everything I need to survive. Every item onboard (more or less) is attached to something else. Take a moment to imagine having to tie down every possession you own, in case a whirlwind whips through your house or a giant wave dumps your world on its side. In [...]
Back in April when I began my quest to set a record around the Farallon Islands, I thought of the row with wistful romanticism. I am going ‘far alone,’ I would say looking out to sea. After two attempts gone awry, I have started calling the row the F Record! A weather window large enough to MAYBE, just maybe commence [...]